Category : New Doll

3 months, 3 weeks ago 8
Posted in: New Doll

madame_p-36

The auction is live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633

It will run for 5 days as 4 days was not an option. The ending will be Monday, 4:50PM PST (GMT -8)

 

madame_p-38

4 months ago 4
Posted in: New Doll

madame_p-19

The Madame de Pompadour Ebay auction is almost here (Nov 30-Dec 3) and if you are planning on bidding it’s a good idea to make sure your account is ready. In previous auctions we have heard from bidders that Ebay limited the amount they could bid, causing them to not win the auction. This could be because the account is new and making large bids right away, or a sudden change in an accounts bid pattern, or something else that could trigger an automatic limit from Ebay.

Ebay has some steps that can help, like verifying the account and/or adding a credit card to the account.

Best to get this stuff out of the way now rather than when the clock is ticking down.

If you have any questions about the auction, you can email us at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com

4 months ago 7

…For Madame de Pompadour. This chair is included in the upcoming auction of Madame de Pompadour Nov 30th-Dec 1st. Check out how I made it.

chair3

chair5

chair7

chair9

chair8

chair2

chair1

4 months, 1 week ago 8

Madame de Pompadour is probably my most photogenic creation. This lovely creature doesn’t seem to have a bad angle or a pose. The camera loves her! It was a joy to photograph her. Here is what her back looks like.

madame_p-27

The weird thing is that I didn’t find the wasp nest until just a couple of weeks ago, while the queen-bee tattoo was conceived and engraved months ago. It was a very fortunate chance find, that suits the theme of the doll perfectly. Opportunities present themselves when we are open to them!

madame_p-33

madame_p-35

madame_p-25

madame_p-34

A film about the making of this doll is coming up next. The auction starts on November 30th.

4 months, 2 weeks ago 20

… this doll! The lovely Madame de Pompadour!

madame_p-26

And it’s not just her alone. She comes with a set of precious, hand made playing accessories. Let me tell you about them all.

To begin with we have these tiny 24k gold-plated hair combs with 7 Ruby stones between them. I made the three combs in the French fashion by hand out of Bronze, while the little ships were found antique Sterling Silver brooches. I had repurposed them into hair accessories for Madame de Pompadour’s three (3) interchangeable, magnetic wigs!

madame_p-28

The first, is this Formal Court wig made from natural silk fibre and varnished in place over a hollow foam frame. Don’t let the size fool you – this wig is ultra light, weighing only 66 grams (2.3 ounces)! It stays on the doll with just one little magnet. I’m really proud of this one, so proud in fact, that I had made a special glass display case for it… and then engraved it for good measure. Why? Because…why not?

madame_p-29

Then there is this ‘casual’ wig that was inspired by Francis Boucher’s 1756 portrait of Madame de pompadour. Simple, light and lovely, it’s made from the softest Angora fibre and sewed into a permanent ringlet style with tiny antique silk flowers and ribbons.

The third, is the long wig seen in the first photo. Made from snow white natural Mohair, it is loose and long for styling, brushing, braiding, curling and playing.

The next accessory, is this lovely pin cushion arm chair made with a wooden candle holder from Michael’s (!!!) and rose Indian silk. The golden metal threads in the silk catch the light and echo the gold ships in the wig! The architectural chair topper is fretted out with a hand saw from a thin sheet of pine, in the style of Art Nouveau.

madame_p-13

Madame de Pompadour also comes with a pair of 14k gold-plated and enamelled shoes, a pair of pearl earrings, a heavy steel stand, a bouquet of antique silk flowers and of course, a beautiful custom tin box.

All in all, there are 16 separate accessories for this very special doll. The auction is 3 weeks away, on November 30th-December 3rd. Get ready!

madame_p-31

madame_p-12

5 months, 1 week ago 17
Posted in: New Doll

madame_p-21

Madame de Pompadour is remembered today primarily for being a chief mistress and a life-long companion to the King Louis the 15th of France, but she was also a truly remarkable, influential, and accomplished woman in her own right. In fact, she was such a sophisticated and influential trendsetter that her keen sense of taste and aesthetic helped shape the Rococo and Neo-classical styles, and transform Paris into a fashion capital of the world.

I was particularly compelled to make Madame de Pompadour into a porcelain doll because she shared my passion for porcelain and worked hard to revive, establish, and promote porcelain manufacturing in France and greater Europe. I feel a keen sense of gratitude for her contribution to this art form through her patronage and commitment, and believe that her efforts 250 years ago might have made my own career possible today.

There is a beautiful shade of Sevres porcelain named lovingly in her honour – Rose Pompadour.

I too wanted to honour this great woman by creating her portrait in a medium she had loved so much. I believe she would have enjoyed seeing herself as a porcelain doll.

She is my Rose Pompadour.

madame_p-24madame_p-11  madame_p-20  madame_p-22 madame_p-23

Madame de Pompadour will be auctioned off on ebay November 30th-December 3rd. Get ready!

 

5 months, 1 week ago 44
Posted in: New Doll

Hey-ya everybody! Oh boy, I sure missed you guys! It’s been six months since my last blogging.

I’m finally back with a long-awaited, new porcelain doll! You’ve seen sneak peaks of her in progress before, but the time has come for you to finally see her in full! She will be sold at my annual Enchanted Doll auction November 30th-December 3rd.

So, without further ado let me present, my latest, one of a kind, heavily engraved, porcelain Enchanted Doll – Madame de Pompadour!

madame_p-6

img_2299

madame_p-3

madame_p-10

madame_p-2

seated-crop

Madame de Pompadour 2016

Engraved fine porcelain doll, China painting, 24k gold plating, Steels spring doll assembly, Antique Sterling Silver filigree ships, Cast bronze hair combs, Varnished Silk and Angora wig, Enamelled cast bronze shoes, 12 Rubies, 4 Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Vintage millinery flowers, Silk, Wood, Steel. 

Size: Doll height 14.5″ (37cm), Wig height 5″ (13cm), Overall height 19″ (49cm). 

This doll will be auctioned off through ebay. Originally Madame de Pompadour was intended for the Luxford auction house in Hong Kong, but the timing of the auction didn’t work out this time around, so I decided to go with ebay on November 30th-December 3rd.

I’ll show you more photos and tell you more about this doll next week. In the meantime, please enjoy these and save the auction dates Wednesday, November 30th – Saturday, December 3rd, 2016!

Can’t wait to show you the rest.

1 year ago 17
Posted in: New Doll

IMG_7596

I wanted to begin this post by thanking you guys for all your emotional support and good vibes in my post-surgery recovery. Your concern is like a pain-killer for my busted knee. Thank you for being there for me. I feel so lucky to have your love.

IMG_7673 2

Please enjoy these process photos of Madame de Pompadour face painting from a few weeks ago. This doll has been a very challenging, year-long journey of nerves, tears, anger and exasperation, but I’m grateful for the learning opportunities she gave me and for the lessons she taught me. I am a better doll-artist now than when I began this project, but I am immensely relieved to be finished. I was in serious danger of beginning to hate her for all those endless lessons and learning opportunities if they went on for even a few more days.

IMG_7725 2

Now I just have to get through her photoshoot while being temporarily disabled by my knee injury/surgery. Hopefully that will be the last lesson she teaches me. I don’t think I can stand any more just yet. I’m literally on my last leg! Haha.

IMG_7714

1 year, 7 months ago 22
Posted in: Book, New Doll, Resin line

Where does the time go? One minute you’re excitedly digging out your bathing suit and sun-dresses, and the next moment summer is almost over! I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging more, too much time spent outside, and then when I am inside I’m furiously working on whatever has currently captured my attention. I hope everyone is enjoying the warm months and getting plenty of chances to explore the great outdoors.

On to dolls.

I present, another little Echo sister in French Resin as a part of a promotion for the Chinese Enchanted Doll book, release by my publishers TXRiver! This Oriental beauty is another variation in my ongoing limited edition ‘Echo’ series, featuring a brand new hair ornament – a set of five tiny silver hair combs! I’ve been dreaming about making a lovely comb set for my future Enchanted dolls every since I read ‘The Gift of the Magi’ in my junior-high literature class. And now this Echo Sister is the first doll to be wearing them in her luscious hair. Woo! Another dream realized!

How do you buy this doll you ask?

The doll will be sold through my Chinese publishers TXRiver, and they are having a draw. Only those that order a book directly from them (http://world.taobao.com/item/43715713846.htm?fromSite=main)  can enter the draw,  and the randomly selected participant will have the opportunity to buy. The doll is being sold for $5700 USD. The draw will occur when this edition of the book has been sold out, which I’m being told is almost upon us! (Still some left, but going fast!).

Take a look!

3quarters

standing

reclined

portrait

close-up1

 

You can order the book here: http://world.taobao.com/item/43715713846.htm?fromSite=main

 

1 year, 8 months ago 22
Posted in: New Doll, Resin line

IMG_0873

On Friday this doll was shipped out to the winner of the 2015 annual Enchanted Doll Birthday Contest Kristen V, for her tattoo idea inspired by gender equality issues! The contest took place back in March, at the time of my birthday, but it took me a little bit longer to finish the grand prize. Kristen, I hope you like your doll. I really enjoyed making her for you, and I look forward to making one for next year’s Birthday Contest!

IMG_0800

IMG_0788